Office space rentals in India are expected to fall up to 20% in the next three quarters, with key cities like Delhi and Mumbai slated to witness a sharp decline of 50%. According to the global real estate consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the decline in property prices in India is expected to continue through the year with office rentals expected to fall by 15-20%, as the slowdown-hit realty sector is likely to see a recovery only in the second half of 2010.

"The largest decline in rentals is expected in Delhi and Mumbai, expected to halve its peak," JLL said in a report on global market perspective. The consultant further said the office rentals in Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Pune are expected to decline between 30% and 40% from their peak during the next three quarters, while the same in Bangalore will fall 15-20% from its peak. On the current economic scenario, the report said the recent gains in the equity market propelled optimism in the economy and if it continues, a recovery is expected by early 2010.

"Although the effects of this upturn would start showing signs in the real estate sector, the gains would definitely come in second half of 2010, when fresh demand again builds up in the market and the latent demand suppressed on fears of a downslide comes back," it added